Top Russian sniper marries rebel commander who claims he killed 100 Ukrainians – World News

Irina Starikova is believed to be a mother of two and a Russian sniper active in the separatist Donbas region and married to Alexander Ogrenich, who is on the run from Belarus, where he has a string of criminal records.

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Irina Starikova: Russian sniper meets his partner in 2015

A Russian sniper believed to have been captured by Kyiv’s forces after more than 40 people were previously killed is married to a rebel commander who claims to have shot more than 100 Ukrainians, it has been revealed. revealed.

Irina Starikova, codenamed Bagheera, is a mother of two active in Ukraine’s breakaway Donbas region.

She has been featured on photos relaxing in between “kills” as a highly respected sniper among pro-Russian people.

Starikova, 41, is now believed to be detained in Ukraine and is described as having “blood on her hands”.

Her fate is unclear.

The female sniper is originally from Donetsk and has two daughters – Valeria, 11, and Yulia, nine.

Now, it’s been reported she’s married to 43-year-old Alexander Ogrenich – aka Gorynych, a Slavic fairy-tale dragon – who is on the run from Belarus, where he has a string of criminal records and has served time in prison. .

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Sniper Irina Starikova, codename Bagheera (R) with her husband Alexander Ogrenic


Rossiya24 / East2west News)

In the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, he has headed a breakaway “intelligence unit” since about 2014.

“Yes, I killed a lot,” he said in an interview.

“The number is over a hundred.

“And if you could see enemies in range, what would you do?”

He considers his enemies “Ukrainian fascists”.

A video shows the couple “taking a break” in 2016.

Sniper Irina Starikova, codename Bagheera


social networks / East2west News)

“Today is our day off and because today is our six-month anniversary,” he said.

“I decided to give you a big gift.

“I love you so much.

“Today you and I will rest, and tomorrow, as always.”

She replied, “Same as always. Service is service. ”

He said to her: “And anyway, you will see how wonderful things are between us….”

“And it gets better,” she said.

Alexander Ogrenich, codename Gorynych, husband of sniper Irina Starikova


Alexander Ogrenich / East2west News)

He told her: “The war will end and it will be even better.”

He acknowledged that prior to the war, civilians on both sides of the demarcation line had been entangled in attacks by pro-Russians with whom he had fought.

He said in an interview with a Belarusian news site six years ago: “Of course, peaceful people are suffering.

“We cannot be perfect. It happens when there’s a mass attack – well, you can’t escape it, you know for yourself that this is war.

Alexander Ogrenich codenamed Gorynych


Alexander Ogrenich / East2west News)

“There were casualties due to our fault, I won’t deny that.

“Without Russia, we would all die here.”

Ogrenich admitted he had a criminal record before fleeing Belarus to the Donbas.

“I won’t hide it, I have faith. I was convicted for theft and fraud,” he said in an interview.

Sniper Irina Starikova, codename Bagheera (second right) with husband Alexaner Ogrenich, codename Gorynych (second left)


social networks / East2west News)

He did not comment on a claim that he committed murder in a “crime if passion”.

“You know, like a scam – I took the money, said I would give it back, but I didn’t. That’s a way of thinking. All in all, I spent eight years in prison,” he said.

His whereabouts are currently unclear.

The two were previously married around 2015.

The Mirror yesterday said her arrest would be a new blow to Vladimir Putin. Starikova also claimed to have killed 40 Ukrainians.

She was codenamed Bagheera after Rudyard Kipling’s black panther in The Jungle Book, but there have been misleading accounts of her true identity.

The mother of two was found wounded on a battlefield in Ukraine, but she is not from Serbia as some accounts say, nor is she a sniper nun.

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